THE Movement for Democratic Change acknowledges the concern about the Zimbabwe crisis expressed in the resolution adopted at the 11th Ordinary Session of the African Union General Assembly.
The MDC would like to thank those African leaders who have joined the global chorus by standing on the side of the Zimbabwean people and advocating that their voices be heard.
The MDC would like to thank the Pan African Parliament, Sadc and AU observer missions for acknowledging the reality and pervasiveness of the violence in Zimbabwe and refusing to give the June 27 election any credibility or legitimacy.
The common conclusions of all three reports were:
*the violence negated the credibility of the June 27 elections;
*the election did not reflect the will of the people;
*consequently the outcome is not legitimate.
If the African Union acknowledged their reports, then we in the MDC feel that their own resolution should have been consistent with them.
Unfortunately, this was not the case. The MDC is concerned that the resolution does not adequately deal with the ongoing violence in Zimbabwe. Since the June 27 sham election, nine MDC supporters have been murdered, hundreds more beaten and forced to leave their homes. In Manicaland alone, since the weekend, five hundred MDC supporters and families have been forced to flee their homes and are now seeking refuge at the party’s headquarters in Mutare. Therefore the MDC reiterates its call for peace in the country.
In addition, the resolution does not recognise the illegitimacy of the June 27 elections and the fact that most African leaders refused to recognise Mugabe as the head of state.
Finally, the resolution endorses the concept of a Government of National Unity without acknowledging that the MDC, as the winner of the last credible elections on 29th March, should be recognised as the legitimate government of Zimbabwe. A GNU does not address the problems facing Zimbabwe or acknowledge the will of the Zimbabwean people.
While the MDC remains committed to negotiations these must be based on the March 29 results and must move towards a transitional agreement.
Movement for Democratic
Harvest House, Harare.